In describing the event, Assistant Principal of Student Activities Michael Rogosich said: “The point of the Mass is to come together and celebrate the Juniors as a community. It has nothing to do with rings or any other items.” In other words, he said, this Mass is for them.
This year the Junior Mass, one of the oldest traditions at Cardinal Gibbons High School, took place in one of the newest sacred spaces in the Diocese of Raleigh – Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.
The Mass, on November 9th, was an opportunity to honor not only the juniors, but their relatives, friends, and parents as well. It also marked the juniors' rite of passage as upperclassmen. As part of the ceremony Principal Jason Curtis presented each student with a certificate. At that time some students also received a ring they ordered or an item of their choosing. Fr. Daniel Oschwald, Gibbons Chaplain, was the principal celebrant.
In describing the event, Assistant Principal of Student Activities Michael Rogosich said: "The point of the Mass is to come together and celebrate the Juniors as a community. It has nothing to do with rings or any other items." In other words, he said, this Mass is for them.
That the Juniors celebrated this Gibbons tradition at the new cathedral is a first for the school. It was also the first Junior Mass for Fr. Daniel. In his homily, he told the Juniors that it was significant that their Mass was on the Feast of St. John Lateran, which marks the anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral church of Rome. "This first is another beginning in the many chapters of your lives," Fr. Daniel said to the Juniors, and added: "But what a remarkable beginning in a remarkable place on this truly remarkable journey."
Ryan Rabil '19 called the event exciting. "For me, Junior Mass is a time for my entire class to celebrate together in our faith," he said. "It also represents one of the few times my class could come together as one in the new cathedral, which is on the site of the old Gibbons campus."
To be sure, Cardinal Gibbons was located on the site from 1962-1999 before it relocated to its current campus. The ground below the cathedral's altar of sacrifice is approximately where the center of the school's courtyard was located. Besides the Junior Mass, Gibbons will also hold Baccalaureate Mass at the cathedral. In doing so, students and families will worship together on land with deep ties to the Diocese and to Cardinal Gibbons High School.